Memo To:   All Buffalo Teachers

From:         Philip Rumore, President, BTF

Date:          February 25, 2022

Subject:     Updates – School Security, Negotiations, Masks

School Safety
We have heard that the mayor and others are taking issue with our decision calling for a New York State and Federal investigation of school safety in Buffalo.


Some are saying it is not productive. What’s not productive is attempting to address dangerous school safety issues with the District for years, by informing them of dangerous conditions, filing grievances, and taking other legal actions.


The results of our efforts… violence and school safety go unaddressed and get worse. Thus we see what happened at McKinley, a school that we have been sounding the alarm on for years.


What do they have to hide?


We are beginning to compile a list of State and Federal agencies/people to secure one or several investigations.


As they arise, please continue to forward serious safety issues to us, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


We will, while keeping them anonymous, be forwarding them to the media where applicable. Please ensure that an administrator has been made aware of the issue.


The stress that you are already under is horrendous. We will not accept the additional burden of fearing for one’s (including students’) safety and well-being.


This incident wasn’t a wakeup call. It was a call for immediate action.


Thank you for your continued support and strength.

We are making some progress with the minor cost issues.


Today, the District provided a copy of their cost analysis of the cost of our salary proposal, which we are reviewing.


Due to yesterday’s tragic events, instead of them presenting a comprehensive package today, they will do so at our next session on Thursday, February 17, 2022.


As always, details of “agreeds” are not publicized by either side to avoid negotiating in the public. Also nothing is final until there is a final agreement.


We will keep you up to date. If necessary, we will go public.

Mask Survey
PLEASE, if you haven’t done so, complete our Mask Survey. The last time to have your voice heard is tonight, February 11, 2022 at 11:59 pm.

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There is just one question that will only take a minute to complete.


Remember, if you don’t vote, someone will be voting for you.


Thank you.

Please stay well. Take no chances.